In a previous blog post we discussed a new technology licensing framework developed by Stanford University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-signed by a number of other research universities. In this post we will look at the Available Technologies Collection presented by Stanford on their TechFinder website and how to use the integrated Visible Legacy widget to quickly find a relevant fit for your needs.
Visible Legacy Navigator and Widget
Visible Legacy is a “graph map of academic research” offered as an online information search and navigation web portal called Navigator™. Aimed at industry Tech Scouts, the map metaphor is faster than a list of search results since it delivers pre-connected relevant data, essentially connecting the dots, to present large amounts of information for each query. Our Visible Legacy Navigator website presents this information in an interactive portal. The "Widget" is an small limited-feature window that may be embedded into external web pages.
To address the global COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford, Harvard, and MIT developed and are implementing technology transfer strategies to allow for and incentivize rapid utilization of available technologies that may be useful for preventing, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19 infection during the pandemic. We concluded our prior post by saying Visible Legacy supports this effort and will do our part by helping universities communicate their COVID-19 related projects and helping Tech Scouts use our tools to find technology and university contacts more quickly.
If you followed the link to Stanford’s “COVID-19 Innovations and Pipeline” page, you might have found the “Covid-19 Tech Portfolio Available for Licensing” link under Intellectual Property. This is one of several collections of recent disclosures organized by topic Stanford OTL has assembled to help Tech Scouts.
Opening one of these disclosure pages, "Nanoparticle hydrogels for sustained release of multiple agents in vaccines or cancer immunotherapy", for example, you will find a Visible Legacy “Widget” toward the bottom of the page. The widget is a visual representation of the information in the public disclosure page and gives you the user the context to understand more about the invention and navigation tools to find related disclosures. See the Help for more.
I’ll make a short video about how this works.